Montana technical schools offer students the opportunity to learn new or hone existing employable skills. These types of schools often offer one- and two-year programs, which can span areas of study including the culinary arts, computer technology, building construction, business administration, and the arts and sciences.
Students can undertake comprehensive programs to develop key career skills and knowledge at Montana technical schools. While these schools make classroom-based teaching highly entertaining and informative, these colleges also focus on hands-on activities to help students gain a better working knowledge of their craft and allow them to quickly learn the skills for their chosen course.
Students range from those interested in starting off their career to professionals who are merely in need of a refresher course or wish to gain additional certification in their fields. Students can graduate with an Associate Degree or certification or simply take a few courses to pick up skills that will provide a boost to their careers. Students who complete the two-year programs at Montana technical schools may be able to transfer courses to a four-year public university if they choose.
The career-specific programs that are offered to enrollees include skill-based technical courses such as automotive repair, welding, electrical wiring, small-engine repair, nursing, and engineering courses. These types of courses include instruction that cannot simply be learned in a classroom, but need live demonstrations and practice. Additionally, students who already know their chosen career path benefit from shorter school and training periods, allowing them to join the workforce faster.
With the ease of use and speed of the Internet today, more and more Montana technical colleges are looking into welcoming students from all over with online courses. However, certain programs or courses may require students to attend campus-based classes that focus on hands-on training exercises. Many technical schools have multiple campus locations and night classes to better accommodate students who need greater flexibility, such as those juggling family obligations or jobs.
Some Montana technical schools require placement testing or a consultation with a career advisor. Because requirements vary, it’s a good idea to check the admissions process at the schools you are interested in. Choosing wisely between schools will involve reviewing the pros and cons of each school, its campus, faculty members, state of technology and equipment used, tuition costs, location, and whatever else is relevant for each student.
Like most universities, these types of schools understand the need for financial assistance and may be covered by FAFSA. Assistance may also be given in the form of grants, with employment services such as the work-study employment package for help in covering scholastic fees or applying for loans. The most common grants that are offered to students may include the Baker (MTAP) Grant which is funded by Montana and doesn’t require repayment, the FSEOG (Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant) which is typically offered to undergraduates in need of assistance with payments and other fees, and the Federal Pell Grant which may only need to be repaid once the student has completed a semester.
For loans, the Montana technical schools may offer the Federal Perkins Loan, a Direct Loan, or a Direct Plus Loan. A quick call or visit to a school may be necessary to confirm the availability of such financial resources as it may differ from one college to the next.